Pork with Hatch Chilies

 

This one was so good and easy, I had to write it up! While I was able to use Hatch chilies this time around, Pastilla or Anaheim would work just as well. 

INGREDIENTS

  • Chilies, medium size x4
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • Roma Tomatoes x2
  • Garlic x4 cloves (or more, dealers choice here)
  • 1 12oz can/bottle of beer, pilsner
  • 1 TBSP Olive Oil
  • Cilantro, salt and pepper to taste
  • Center cut pork loin, 1/2″ x4

THE STEPS The key to this recipe is actually roasting the onions and peppers. On the grill works perfectly for this and it will make your neighbors jealous. With the peppers, after you roast them put them into a bag to steam for 5-10 minutes. Once that is done you can peel the outer skin off.

Coarse chop the onions and peeled peppers, about 1/4″ to 1/2″ dice. Do the same to the tomatoes and put a fine chop on the garlic and cilantro. Mix it all in bowl with the olive oil and taste. Add salt and pepper as needed.

Get your straight-sided saute pan hot and add the beer on medium heat. Add the chops and cook for about 2 minutes on each side. Add the pepper mixture and mix it all together as best as you can.  Cook for 20-30 minutes, flipping the chops every 5-7 minutes until the pork is done. Add

SERVICE

Slice your pork into 1/4″ slices and top with the sauce from the pan.  Garnish with any remaining cilantro or coarse ground black pepper. 

Getting the chilies prepped is the most time consuming part of this dish. But it’s super simple and doesn’t really take that much time. The results are amazing!  If you are against cooking with adult beverages, that’s too bad because the tomato cooks up nicely with it. You can substitute chicken stock with a good pinch of salt.

Ride Log, 08-01-2015: Too Early for the Button

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About 100 yards ahead I hear the bus honk at a jogger.

Me: Like you didn’t see the bus, right?

Jogger: I know! I was trying to not push the button.

Ok, the jogger was a bit of douchecopter since he was close enough to the bus to reach out and touch it, but the sentiment is there.


I look across the street where I see a single duck standing at the edge of the street, as if it was waiting for it’s turn to cross. Of course, it starts to walk out into the street at the exact time cars start driving past. So, I press the button.

Cars stop and I cross 1/2 way when the duck starts walking north, down the middle of the road, of course. Geez ducks are dumb. So I ride toward the duck, herding it into a direction that takes it out of the flow of traffic and into a delightful park. Of course I get words from people in cars (all good), but did the duck even so much as give me a thank you? Ungrateful little bastard.


Every stop light is a potential race for me. I always eye up the competition to determine if I have a chance or not. Today it was an unkempt Nissan Maxima, black, covered in bird shit and had dirty windows. I knew I could win.

Watching the lights, waiting for my chance. I tense up and get into position to start off as quickly as possible. I get the green light and rocket across the cross walk as fast as possible! The car in the middle lane crossed the other side before I did, but that wasn’t my target. I watched for that Maxima. I sped across the opposing cross walk and went at least 50 feet before the Nissan passed me. I was victorious.


On the map above, you will see my new favorite circuit. I’ve ridden it 4 times so far, every time taking just a little more than an hour. My latest goal is to finish that in 1 hour or less, which means an average speed of at least 15MPH. I can do it.

Recipe: Easy Shredded Pork

carnitas

Carnitas. Pulled Pork Sandwiches. Pork for whatever you want. This is a simple, flexible and delicious recipe that you should really enjoy! The best part is this is a slow cooked recipe. You can do it in your slow cooker or Dutch oven on low heat.

Ingredients

  • Pork tenderloin, whatever fits in your pot (about 2-3lbs)
  • Beer to cover at least 1/2 way (1-2 12 oz bottles. I used Corona)
  • 1 orange, cut into 1/8th, or chunks, skin on
  • 1 yellow onion, cut into 1/8th
  • Garlic, as much as you like, rough chopped. 6-8 cloves works well
  • 1TBLS whole peppercorns

If you are doing this in the dutch oven, start with a hot pan and about 2 TBLS of olive oil. Get the pork into the oil and sear it on all sides. Figure about 3-5 minutes per side. If you are using a crock pot, I still recommend getting some color on the meat anyway you can. Besides getting color on the meat, it also adds to the flavor of the cooking liquid.

Turn off the heat and add everything to the pot. Give your orange piece a good squeeze as you add them. Be careful, when you add the beer, there will be steam and it will be very hot! Lid it up and put the whole thing into your oven pre-heated to 200 degrees (same temp on the crock pot). Let this go for at least 4 hours, 5 hours would be better.

Remove it from the pot and move it to a tray or cooling rack prior to shredding. Be sure to save some of the cooking liquid to add back once you have shredded the meat. You don’t need much, maybe a 1/4 cup. Save a little more to add to any leftover you have before stashing it into the fridge.

Great for tacos (see above). You could give this a quick fry to that carnitas flavor and consistency. Mix it with your favorite BBQ Sauce and coleslaw for epic pulled pork.

This is one of the easiest recipes I have with some of the best results! Easy, flexible and, if you can find pork tenderloin on sale, cheap! Enjoy!

How I Did It

2 months into 2015 and I’m on my third month of keeping my body weight at or under 220 pounds. Pretty sure that means I’m right on track where I need to be to maintain it, and with the weather improving, I expect to get more time on the bike to help reach my next goal.

Sub 210 by June 10th. Because my birthday is as good a goal date as any.

I keep getting questions about “how I did it”. The short version is excercise and watching what I eat, both quality and quantity. Let’s break that down. Continue reading →

tandem

Wanna Ride Bikes?

tandem

Been riding bikes for most of my life, like many of you. I remember my first bike almost like it was yesterday; a screaming red Schwinn Stingray with banana seat and ape hanger bars. Or, at least I thought they were since I was 5. Learned to ride that thing like a boss too. Imagine how upset I was when I let it get stolen. It was soon replaced with a screaming yellow version of the same bike. And I rode that thing like a boss too. Forever. No kidding, like my car, I had that bike forever and rode it everywhere. It’s where I started with bikes. This might sound familiar if you’ve been a donburnside.com reader for more than a few years.

Fast forward to this last weekend. The Burnside Manor played host to the ‘rents as they needed to visit to deliver a few things. Namely some really kickass (potentially) wine. And, the beauty you see above.

I haven’t fully researched the bike yet, but I do know it is a Colson Tandem, built sometime in the 40’s. Most of it, from what I can tell, is original, like the seats and fenders, the frame and the wheels. Again, I only think. It’s got an internal front brake, coaster brakes and a 3 speed that mostly works. It was delivered with rotten tires and tubes, quickly replaced day of delivery so I could get out and ride it.

I remember when this bike first came into my life. It was at Newport Beach. Grand dad picked her up and made it part of the beach house bike stable. There were always very unique bikes in that collection. This one quickly became a favorite. Not because you could ride it with another person, which is cool to be sure. It’s that you can ride it by yourself.

From the rear seat.

Yea, this particular tandem bicycle allows for 2 person steering. Since both riders can steer, 1 can drive from the back without a front seat passenger. Took it for a ride around the hood last night and got some interesting looks, since I was riding from the back. Don’t worry, I’ll get video soon enough.

It’s a cruiser to be sure. This is not what you would consider a speedy bike. It rides so low that if you turn too sharp, the pedals will scrape the ground. But, high speed turns with big leans aren’t what this bike it about. It’s about the ride, baby. She is comfortable to ride and a joy to pedal. With as much weight as she carries, once you get moving the momentum just keeps it going, smooth and comfortable over the bumps.

This is my next project. Getting it cleaned up and tuned up. Like I mentioned, she is rideable now. After a few minor things, she’ll be ready for anything.